Police are investigating death threats sent to former Tory leadership candidate Penny Mordaunt

Police are investigating a death threat sent to former Tory leadership candidate Penny Mordaunt when she was in the running for No 10.

According to the Portsmouth News, the letter – sent to the city MP’s office – threatened to ‘shoot him in the head’ and ‘kill his family’.

Hampshire Police confirmed receipt of the report, adding: ‘We attended and protective measures have been put in place to minimize risk to the woman and her family, employees and the wider community.’

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Investigations are ongoing and the force is working with the parliamentary liaison team.

“We take the protection of our MPs extremely seriously and robust systems are in place to ensure they can carry out their work safely,” a spokesperson added.

Ms Mordaunt made it to the last three in the leadership race but lost a place in the final ballot to former Chancellor Rishi Sunak and Foreign Secretary Liz Truss.